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Lydia Ginzburg's Prose: Reality in Search of Literature

Emily Van Buskirk


The Russian writer Lydia Ginzburg (1902–90) is best known for her Notes from the Leningrad Blockade and for influential critical studies, such as On Psychological Prose, investigating the problem of literary character in French and Russian novels and memoirs. Yet she viewed her most vital work to be the extensive prose fragments, composed for the desk drawer, in which she analyzed herself and other members of the Russian intelligentsia through seven traumatic decades of Soviet history. This book, the first full-length English-language study of the writer, presents Ginzburg as a figure of previ ... More

Keywords: Lydia Ginzburg, Russian writer, literary character, French novel, Russian novel, frustrated love, professional failure, remorse, aging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691166797
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691166797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Van Buskirk, author
Rutgers University